Colombo: Several anti-government protesters who have been camping for months on Colombo’s promenade have filed writ petitions in a court against a police move to evict them from the now iconic protest site.
The Island newspaper on Friday reported that four petitions have been filed in the Court of Appeal. Earlier, the police issued both written and oral orders asking the groups to vacate the sea-side Galle Face Green premises.
The petitioners said the police directives violated their constitutional rights and asked the court to suspend them until their petitions were heard.
Sri Lankans opposed to the worst economic crisis forced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country on July 9 after invading and occupying the presidential palace and other key institutions.
Since then, the authorities have begun cracking down on the protesters, many of whom are leftists.